Our National Laboratories Directorate is led by Dr Andrew Taylor. The National Laboratories provide research facilities and capabilities that, because of their scale, complexity, strategic character or cost, are appropriately operated as a national research resource.
These facilities and capabilities include access for external users to neutron scattering and light source facilities, laser facilities, accelerator research facilities and high performance computing. They also include national technical capabilities in nuclear physics, particle physics, astronomy, accelerator science, instrumentation, and space technology.
The primary mission of the laboratories is to facilitate national research capability, and they should therefore complement and collaborate with the university research base.